From Nothin' to Somethin'

From Nothin' to Somethin' is the fourth studio album by American rapper Fabolous. The album was released on June 12, 2007, by Desert Storm Records and Def Jam Recordings. The production on the album was handled by Akon, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Just Blaze and Polow da Don, among others.

From Nothin' to Somethin'
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 12, 2007 (2007-06-12)
Recorded2006–07
GenreHip hop
Length63:24
LabelDesert Storm, Def Jam
ProducerReefa, Freebass, Akon, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Just Blaze, Polow da Don, Big Tank, Steve Morales, Versatile, Don Cannon, Amadeus, Nova, Neo da Matrix
Fabolous chronology
Real Talk
(2004)
From Nothin' to Somethin'
(2007)
Loso's Way
(2009)
Singles from From Nothin' to Somethin'
  1. "Diamonds"
    Released: April 3, 2007
  2. "Return of the Hustle"
    Released: May 2007
  3. "Make Me Better"
    Released: June 9, 2007
  4. "Baby Don't Go"
    Released: August 12, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com3/5 stars[1]
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
DJBooth.net3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
HipHopDX3/5 stars[5]
The Independent(unfavorable)[6]
PopMatters4/10 stars[7]
RapReviews.com8/10 stars[8]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today2.5/4 stars[10]

From Nothin' to Somethin' was supported by four singles: "Diamonds", "Return of the Hustle", "Make Me Better" and "Baby Don't Go". The album received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 159,000 copies in its first week.[11] It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[12]

Commercial performanceEdit

From Nothin' to Somethin' debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 159,000 copies in its first week.[11] This became Fabolous' fourth US top-ten debut.[11] In its second week, the album dropped to number nine on the chart, selling an additional 59,000 copies.[13] On June 24, 2007, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies.[12] As of October 2009, the sold over 566,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[14]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[15]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."From Nothin' to Somethin'" (Intro)Reefa2:54
2."Yep, I'm Back"
  • Jackson
  • Jeffrey Contella
Freebass4:27
3."Change Up" (featuring Akon)Akon4:26
4."Make Me Better" (featuring Ne-Yo)Timbaland4:13
5."Baby Don't Go" (featuring T-Pain)
3:36
6."Return of the Hustle" (featuring Swizz Beatz)Just Blaze3:44
7."Gangsta Don't Play" (featuring Junior Reid)
Reefa4:23
8."Real Playa Like" (featuring Lloyd)
Polow da Don4:07
9."First Time" (featuring Rihanna)
Big Tank3:53
10."Diamonds" (featuring Young Jeezy)
  • Steve Morales
  • Raymond "Sarom" Diaz
4:16
11."Brooklyn" (featuring Jay-Z and Uncle Murda)Versatile3:56
12."I'm the Man" (featuring Red Cafe)
  • Jackson
  • Slater
Reefa3:28
13."Joke's On You" (featuring Pusha T)Don Cannon4:31
14."What Should I Do" (featuring Lil' Mo)
  • Jackson
  • Antwan Thompson
  • Jeremy Skaller
  • Robert Larow
  • Ken Ifill
  • Arama Brown
Amadeus4:41
15."This Is Family" (featuring Ransom, Freck Billionaire, Red Cafe, Joe Budden and Paul Cain)
Nova6:53
iTunes Store bonus tracks
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
16."Supa"Kanye West, DJ Clue3:16
17."I Shine You Shine" (featuring Makeba)Versatile4:03
18."Chirp Back" (featuring Bleu Davinci)Shamtrax4:12

Sample credits[15]

PersonnelEdit

  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • Ashaunna Ayars – marketing
  • David Brown – engineer
  • Shari Bryant – marketing
  • Miguel Bustamante – mixing assistant
  • Don Cannon – producer, engineer
  • Jermaine Dupri – producer, mixing
  • King Khaliyl - producer
  • Aaron Heick – saxophon
  • John Horesco IV – engineer
  • Josh Houghkirk – mixing assistant
  • Ken Ifill – executive producer
  • Terese Joseph – A&R
  • Just Blaze – producer, mixing
  • Jeff Kievit – trumpet
  • Tai Linzie – photography, art coordinator
  • Jonathan Mannion – photography
  • Rob Mathes – arranger
  • Darryl "Big Baby" McClary – keyboards
  • Steve Morales & Sarom – producer
  • Sandra Park – violin
  • Wen Qian – violin
  • TaVon Sampson – art direction
  • Alan J. Stepansky – cello
  • Phil Tan – mixing
  • Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson – drums, producer
  • Versatile - producer
  • Andrew Roettger "Versatile" - producer
  • Timbaland – producer
  • Dan Tobiason – mixing assistant
  • Steve Tolle – mixing assistant
  • Ryan West – engineer, mixing
  • Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young – engineer, mixing
  • Rebecca Young – viola

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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